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that played in president obama's decision to not meet with russian president vladimir putin. >>> plus -- a house of horrors comes crashing down. and who showed up to watch today's demolition? >>> a pit stop for bay area travelers is now a crime scene. we're learning more about the violent death in a usually peaceful area. >>> plus, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of maintenance at golden gate park is at a standstill. the reason projects are on hold. these stories and more, coming up. >>> the cleveland house where three women were imprisoned and raped for years has been demolished. ariel castro's home was torn down as one of the survivors looked on. castro's house was filled with horrific memories, but now it's been reduced to rubble. >> for ten years, this house was a secret prison of a psychopath named castro. >> the prosecutor who sent ariel castro to prison said today's demolition was a testament to the victims and their will to survive. michelle knight, amanda berry and gina dejesus endured a decade of abuse inside. knight was there again today and released a bouquet of bal
in sonora, robert honda, ktvu, channel 2 news. >>> president obama has spoken to governor brown about the response to the rim fire. the president called him yesterday and the white house gave an overview of the call, saying the president expressed his gratitude for the brave men and women working tirelessly to combat this fire. and the president provided his equipment to needed resources to support the ongoing state and local response. san francisco water authorities are filling water reserves as the fire goes closer to the hetch hetchy reservoir. officials say they currently have a reserve water supply that will last for the next several months. >>> san jose's family camp at yosemite is ending the season more than a month early because of the wildfire. also currently, no running water at the camp. more than 100 people were evacuated from that city run camp last monday. it was originally ended to schedule its season in the beginning of october. coming up, we'll talk with families who have made coming to the sight a yearly tradition, and they will us how they plan to honor that fire ra
. >> reporter: doubts over evidence aside, for the white house, it's now decision time. >> president obama says syrian president bashar al-assad is responsible for a chemical attack on his own people. he promises accountability but says no decision has been made on how to respond. >> he takes the requirement to make these decisions very seriously. and he's carefully considering the circumstances before him. >> reporter: but preparations are already underway for a potential strike. u.s. military assets are in the eastern mediterranean, ready to go whenever the president gives the order. and the white house is quickly laying out its case, amid concern from congress, which wants a role in the final decision. >> let congress authorize this activity. >> i'd like to have everybody in on this. >> i definitely believe that there needs to be a vote. >> reporter: the administration is briefing high-ranking members of congress and is expected to release an unclassified intelligence report with the evidence soon. in london, the prime minister, cameron, argued for military action. >> that is enough to inclu
secretary of state john kerry. he said president obama has a very real time line for ending the strikes but it depends on a number of factors. he says the united states and pakistani governments are working together to bring the strikes to an end. >>> edward snowden the nsa leaker was granted temporary asylum in russia today. he left the airport where he had been hold up for a month. russia's service today granted him temporary asylum for one year. edward snowden is wanted in the united states for leaking information about a phone and data program. >> we are extremely disappointed the russian government would take this step despite our requests to have edward snowden expelled to the united states. >> president obama is scheduled to attend a summit in russia next month. so far there has been no change in the scheduling butt but this is not a -- but this is not a positive development. >>> sales doubled on the rolling stone magazine that has boston marathon bombings susexpect on the cover. -- suspect on the cover. many say it glamorizes the killer. several retailers refuse to sell the maga
are killed, and how president barack obama is reacting to the turmoil in egypt. >> hundreds of pounds of explosives are now in place, they're used to bring down a bay area bilth. >>> why contractors say the seismologist will be disappointed with the boom. >>> plus the extra steps the schools are taking to ensure the student safety. these stories and more new at 6:00. [ marco ] i'm a student at devry university. and this is my home team. this is my large lecture hall. this is my professor. and also my coach. this is my booster club. this is the guy who's graduating [ male announcer ] in 2012, 90% of devry university grads actively seeking employment had careers in their field in 6 months. find your career success in the bay area. learn how at devry.edu. find your career success in the bay area. at ikea, we don't just we design good mornings. little experiments. big ideas. brighter ways. and better tomorrows you can take home today. imagine if everyday was just a little bit better for everyone. . >>> new information now on the breaking news we brought to you, the tree that fell on a gir
to ban certain internet postings. >>> and the conflict in syria is growing tonight. now president obama and the secretary of defense are speaking out. [ marco ] i'm a student at devry university. and this is my home team. this is my large lecture hall. this is my professor. and also my coach. this is my booster club. this is the guy who's graduating ready for a great career in technology. [ male announcer ] in 2012, 90% of devry university grads actively seeking employment had careers in their field in 6 months. find your career success in the bay area. learn how at devry.edu. >>> we have a little microphone problem here heather. we have an update ton breaking news we brought you at the top of the newscast. police now say the youngest victim is an 8-year-old girl. police found three other victims, a man, 3 women and a 12-year-old. happened on 104th avenue near graphion street. >>> the crisis in syria and the alleged use of chemical weapons by the sirian government. the deputy foreign minister said u.s. inspectors will be allowed into the country. said the sirian government has poisoned
. [ music ] >> reporter: president obama said after african american president isn't enough and we stand to learn from those who fought for equality. >> taught them that no man can take away the dignity and grace god grants us. >> reporter: 50 years ago martin luther king encouraged people to push for positive change. that message was echoed here today. reporting live in washington, ktvu channel 2 news. >> people came from all over the country for today's anniversary. among them, she had march in 1963. >> we are here to make sure our children and all the children over the united states of america understand they have a responsibility. and that responsibility ubis to help their country become -- is to help their country become a great country. >> her main concern today is the same as it was 50 years ago, equality among all races and she echoed martin luther king's speech. >> all people being able to be judged by the content of their character. >> in 1963, 253 people strong. observers say the crowd appeared much smaller today. more details about martin luther king and his i have a dream sp
. legislation is headed to president obama for his signature. payments would be less expensive under the bill. >>> this fall california state university students will be able to take online classes from any campus. the plan offers 30 courses. they will be limited to one course per term that is offered by another campus. >>> our weather now. our chief meteorologist bill martin is here. more of the same today. >> more of the same. on the cool side. fog everywhere. change comes tomorrow and it gets cooler. tomorrow, thursday should be the coolest day of the week. there is something going on here. fog cleared away. plenty of clouds and now we are getting a break. the fog has been mixed out. the inversion gets deep the fog just goes away. you are seeing sunshine at the beaches right now which is nice but the fog comes back tonight. you will look at temperatures tomorrow closer than what we saw today. in fairfield 80. 77 livermore. around the bay low 70s. tomorrow temperatures coming down. the fog pushes back inland. fog and drizzle into the evening hours along the coast specifically. breezy condit
snowden defend his son today against president obama's statement that edward snowden is not a patriotism. >> my son has spokethen truth. he -- spokethen truth. he -- spoken the truth. how they chose to characterize him -- [ talking at the same time ] >> he secured a visa to visit his son in russia. russia granted a year of temporary asylum to edward snowden. >> we used to have a word for somebody who stole our secrets, who got the job to steal our secrets and moved to a foreign country. it was defector. i think that is a good word for him. >> a former head of the nsa added to the storm of criticism against edward snowden today recording the nsa. he was unsure president obama could increase transparency saying some steps that will make americaens more comfortable will -- americans more comfortable will make them less safe. >>> president obama played golf this morning on martha's vineyard. the president and his family are staying on martha's vineyard till august 18. he will have no public appearances but receives daily briefing. >>> u.s. attorney general eric holder ilappear in san francis
:30. >>> president obama today promised changes to the government's controversial phone surveillance program. jacqueline reports from washington and how too much transparency can be dangerous. >> america is not interested in spying on ordinary people. >> reporter: president obama said he will work with congress to improve privacy protections within the national security agency's surveillance programs. part of the changes will better explain to the public how they work. changes include a new website, new oversight, more transparency, and an independent group reviewing the programs. intelligence groups will continue to assess phone records domestically and internationally. >> all of the steps are designed to ensure the american people can trust that our efforts are in line with our interests and values. >> reporter: spokesmen from republican house speaker john boehner said the president has been quiet on the controversial programs for too long. while transparency is important, he said it must not compromise the program. the priority must be saving american lives, in the saving face. the presid
immigrants who are not eligible. john fowler, ktvu channel 2news. >>> president obama today accused republicans of not having an economic plan. that came during the president's bus tour to college campuses, where he's campaigning to make higher education more affordable. mr. obama was reacting to a push by house republicans to cut off money for the president's health plan as part of a government funding bill. >>> 911 dispatchers in santa clara county are threatening to go on strike. now the county is trying to get a court order to keep that from happening. the dispatchers have threatened to walk off the job because they say they are understaffed and being forced to work overtime. the county has 61 dispatchers to cover 73 full-time positions. the county says it's trying to hire new dispatchers. >>> the woman hired to overhaul california's state mental hospitals reportedly is under investigation for sexual harassment. the los angeles times reports two subordinates filed complaints against kathy gaither, accusing her of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination. gaither was hired two
with the next update. >> >> president obama took some time of to celebrate his 52nd birthday. this is video of him coming from camp david. he began with a round of golf. golfing buddies included friends from hawaii and chicago along with state aids. >> >> someone bought a powerball ticket in the south bay matching five out of the six numbers for a million dollar jackpot. the winner just got 180 days to claim the prize. the south bay ticket matched the numbers 24, 36, 21, 46, and 42, missing only the powerball number of 15. no one hit all six numbers. so wednesday's jackpot is estimated at $400. >> >> less than seven hours until the bart strike deadline. we'll have an update. >> >> if there is a strike, hundreds of thousands of commuters will have to find a new way to get to work tomorrow. all of the information you need to know. >> >> an early morning house fire in oakland jumps to a neighboring home. how the people outside got out and the dangerous conditions firefighters faced. . >>> developing news and down to the wire bart contract talks, christian has been monitoring the negotiations f
obama is on his way to california right now. he made a stop in phoenix arizona earlier today and is now headed from there to southern california for a taped appearance on the tonight show with jay leno. then tomorrow he will remain in los angeles for an online social event about housing with the ceo of the real estate website zilo. after that the president will visit with troops in camp pendelton. >>> the president layed out a plan to reform the finance system. the president wants to phase out fanny may and freddie mac and let private investors take hold of the market. >>> doctors in dallas discovered a blocked artery in former president bush. he is expected to be discharged tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on thursday. mr.bush is in high spirits and thanked everyone for their well wishes. he also encouraged everyone to get a regular check up. >>> there's word out of hollywood that actor winning actor justin hoffman has undergone a successful treatment for cancer. the cancer was detected early and surgically cured. hoffman who is 75 years old will under go dr. recommended treatme
for the suspect's three cam -- companions. >>> the white house says president obama does not support medical marijuana laws. today they say the president does not support changes at this point. he went on to say the administration does not consider targeting marijuana users. >>> sales of existing homes in the u.s. have reached the highest level in nearly four years. they did so in july. the national association of realtors reports that the seasonally adjusted annual rate is $5.39 million, up 6.5% from june and up 17% from july of last year. on wall street, stocks moved lower on news that the federal reserve is considering an end to its massive bond buying program. the nasdaq fell 13 today. >>> new scrutiny for uc berkeley after female students told state lawmakers that their reports of sexual assault have been buried or rebuffed by university staff. ken wayne -- ken pritchett is live with what these women told lawmakers. ken? >> reporter: these students claim that uc berkeley on numerous occasions failed to properly handle or investigate their claims of sexual assault. uc berkeley students
in terms of freedom. >> speakers ranging from president obama to oprah winfrey are expected to address the crowd from the lincoln memorial steps in the same spot where dr. king stood. president obama will offer husband personal reflectionest on the self-rights movement, and the challenges that demand attention that will affect the next generation. >>> new information on the breaking news in fairfield. the 7 alarm fire burning through homes, grass and trees right up against interstate 80. >>> a high school student on the eve of the first day of his senior year dies in a violent crash. as investigators work to find out what caused the tragedy, we look at what teens are doing behind the wheel. >> i everyone thinks they are invisible. >>> . >> the dirks they face and what can be -- dangers they face, and what can be done to keep them safe. >>> this special trained dog is not look for explosives. the very small problem this dog is searching for. >>> flames moving through fairfield burning homes, trees and grass sending smoke over a busy interstate 80. you can see this home here destroyed.
. >>> a limited narrow strike, that's what president obama said today, he is considering against syria. that came as the president and secretary of state laid out the administration's case that syria used chemical weapons against its own people. they say the price of not doing anything is too high. >> we cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale. >> reporter: the u.s. says the evidence is as clear as it is compelling. an intelligence report released by the administration today shows weapons personnel were on the ground making preparations. the regime elements were told to prepare for an attack with gas mask. and rockets launched at the time of the attack came from government-controlled areas. 1400 people killed including 420 children. >> the american intelligence community has high confidence, high confidence. this is common sense. this is evidence. these are facts. >> reporter: all eyes are now on president obama. >> i have not made a final decision about various actions that might be taken. >> reporter: a key question -- will he go int
president obama's affordable care act. 38% are opposed. 9% have no opinion. that is almost the same as a year ago. >>> as children head back to school we are learning how the budget cuts will effect the young and say poorest students. the head start preschool program has been hit hard. 57,000 children nationwide are out of the program and in california 5600. the program prepares children for kinder garden and provides day care. >> mothers lost their jobs because now they are -- they don't have that care. >> 18,000 employees across the country will face layoffs and pay cuts. we put together a back to school section. all for you on www.ktvu.com and on facebook. do you recognize this picture. here is a hint, he is next to me. for all your back to school needs go to www.ktvu.com. >> back when i had a lot of hair. >>> our weather now. it is serious business. a severe fire danger and possibility of thunderstorms. >> yeah. the red flag warning puts you on edge this time of year. it will last through wednesday morning early. the highs from today. you will be impressed. livermore 104 degrees
. the report comes just weeks after president obama signed a law to restore lower interest rates on student loans. >>> as california students head back to school this week there are new concerns about how well anti bullying efforts are being monitored. >> drop the bags, drop the bags. >>> a new audit released today shows that california education officials have failed to evaluate anti bullying in schools. there's no data to note whether students are actually safer now. auditors did not even check in school safety laws have been implemented. that's disturbing to moms like charlene bryant who says her son had been bullied in the past. >> we need all the help we can get to help our kids in these schools. >> reporter: the office of the state superintendent acknowledges the parents concerns. >>> a landmark in public health reported today by bay area researchers. a simple five part program that doctors say is saving thousands of lives by controlling your blood pressure. new at 5:00, john fowler joins us live with how doctors say this program could help you live longer and healthier. john. >> abso
and alumni. >>> president obama is spreading the message that debt is making it tough for grads to realize the american dream. >> becomes harder to start a family and buy a home if you are servicing a thousand dollars worth of debt every month. >> he said the average student graduates owing $26,000. >> colleges that keep tuition down and providing high quality education are the ones that will see taxpayer funding go up. it is time to stop subsidizing schools that are not producing good results. >> the president's plan would require students who receive financial aid to complete courses before receiving more funds. the president's tour is scheduled to stop in syracuse and new york and pennsylvania. >>> the u.s. government umpdeliverred a -- government delivered a order to former illinois congressman to jesse jackson, jr. he was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison last week. the 750 noun dollars represents the money he spent -- $750,000 represents the money he spent illegally. >>> the nasdaq halted trading for three hours today. computer malfunction hit the stock exchange at 9:15 a.m. they di
of the refineries. >> >>> several members of congress are asking the obama to list it, and the red cross turned away to donate blood at a blood drive he organized, because he's openly gay. >> it's an issue of individual rights, and the right of people to donate when they want to. and stereo type, and misconception. >> men who have sex with men, have diseases that can be transmitted through blood. they argue that basic screening protects the blood supply. >>> the head of the the california prison system, met this afternoon, of the natus that have held a hunger strike. they've refused to eat since july 18, they want an end to indeterminate stays in solitary confinement. they explain the changes that have already taken place. one representative for the inmates says he wants the direct negotiations wheen the inmate -- between the inmates, and the officials. >>> how a customer skipped out on a tab. >> it's ridiculous. >>> the bart strike gets closer. >>> the bay bridge bolts to the test. how it'll remain strong for decades to come. >>> but next, an unusual warning, the new threat overseas that has the fe
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